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medium of the Schools, or by the exertion of the Scripture Readers, has this year been-Sıx Thousand Seven HUNDRED and Twelve Bibles, and Nineteen THOUSAND Three Hundred and Ninety-six Testaments, in English; and Twelve Bibles, and Thirtyeight Testaments, in the Irish Language; making a total of TWENTY-sıx THOUSAND One Hundred and Fifty-eight for the year, and since the formation of the Society, Two HUNDRED and NINETY-NINE ThouSAND Six Hundred and Seventy-SEVEN Bibles and
beside some hundred thousands of Spelling Books, for the use of the younger Children in the Schools, the lessons of which are taken from the Bible; not intended, in any degree, as a substitute for the Inspired Volume, but with the desire of leading all their Scholars, as quickly as possible, to the fountain head of living waters, full and unadulterated, as they came from the source of all good. And, anxious to give to God all the glory of every measure of success vouchsafed to the operations of the Society, your Committee are constrained, from year to year, most gratefully to acknowledge the kind support, and repeated liberality, of the British and Foreign Bible Society, from whom they have received nearly the whole of those Scriptures, which it has been their' privilege to circulate for the benefit of the poorest of the poor, and the too generally ignorant and supersti-' tious in the Sister Island. Since the publication of the last Report, your Committee have been entrusted with a further inunificent grant from that noble Institution, of Ten Thousand English Bibles, and Ten Thousand' English Testaments; a fresh token of confidence in their measures, afforded by the Committee of the Bible Society, which it shall be their constant endeavour, in no instance, to abuse.
Abundant proofs are supplied in the correspondence with the Society, as to the beneficial results of its labours; but your Committee feel that it would be out
ring their friends to the Appendix, when the Report is printed and circulated, for many such testimonials, they will content themselves with some extracts from only two communications, bearing on the gratuitous
portance of a Bible School, in a dark and long-neglected neighbourhood.
The Rev. M. C. Motherwell, of Kilrea, remarks:
“ I would beg leave to state some points of view in “ which I think your Society worthy of general support. “ Its unobtrusive character appears to me to render it “ best suited to the present distracted state of our une " happy country. It has wisely connected itself with " no political party. The revealed will of God bas “ always been the basis of its instruction; and erecting “ its superstructure on that foundation alone, it has pre“ served undeviating consistency amidst surrounding “ vacillation. Expediency savours too much of the “ spirit of the world, and it may have a temporary tri“ umph; but principle alone will meet with eventual 6 success. Strict economy, in my mind, also entitles it " to general confidence; other Societies may have « afforded more ample remuneration, but none have “ gone farther with equal means.
"I would, likewise, never wish to lose sight of its “ gratuitous distribution of the Sacred Scriptures among " the poor, which, I am well assured, will prove not to “ have been in vain at that great day when the secrets “ of all hearts will be revealed. It affords me cause of « abundant consolation in having been the medium of
conveying copies of them to individuals of every relia e gious denomination without distinction, as I have “ always considered it among the most promising of my “ ministerial labours. I felt that each, according to “ their respective ages, received from iny hand, this “ spiritual guide of their youth-the companion of their
« and, when accompanied with the teaching of the “ Spirit of All Truth, may we not, on Scriptural grounds, “ anticipate ihat that blessed book will serve to restrain “ their natural waywardness, direct their erring foot« steps into the path of righteousness, and cause them to “ press forward therein, in sure and certain hope of ever« lasting life.”
of 22nd February, 1833, has been received from an excellent Clergyman, in a very remote district in the south of Ireland.
“ I have the sincerest pleasure in stating, that this “ School is a striking instance of the success of the “ plan of Education pursued by the Society, and its “ adaptation to the wants and wishes of the peasantry of “ this country.
" The following is a short, but accurate account of “ the present and increasing prosperity of this School.
- The number of children on the bcoks is 149, Seventy “ of whom are Roman Catholics; and the Master toid “ me, a short time since, that Scholars were flocking in so “ fast, that he must soon dismiss them for want of “ room; the progress of the children, particularly in the “ Holy Scriptures, is most remarkable, though labour: “ ing under great local disadvantages; for their parents “ being extremely poor, employ their children chiefly in “ tending sheep, and such like rural occupations; and it “ may not be uninteresting to remark, that they may “ often be seen on their wild hills with their Testaments " in their hands, diligently perusing them; indeed, I “ never knew a School where the children had a greater “ desire for religious knowledge; and more than one “ instance I could mention where these holy truths have 6. taken such deep root in their hearts, and produced « : such fruits in their lives, as have given me, ard their « parents and friends, the liveliest emotions of gratitude “ and joy. But not only the children testify the good “ done by this important School, but many adulțs, of “ whom there have been, and still are, many educated « in it, will have cause to bless for ever its establish: “ ment amongst them, as a means of leading them, not “ merely to read, but also savingly to know Him, whom “ to know is life everlasting. From the intimate know“ ledge I have of these interesting individuals, as their “ Minister and friend, and daily witnessing their growth « in knowledge and grace, I can speak with a confi“ dence which experience can alone give, that this “ School has exercised a most beneficial influence in this “ neighbourhood. .“ Perhaps it may not be uninteresting to the friends “ of Scriptural Education to hear an ancedote like the so following.
" In one of my parochial visits, I entered the cottage
“ of a poor woman, one of my most thoughtless “.parishioners. In the course of conversation, she said “ incidentally, that never before did she think so much " on the subject of her soul's salvation, as during the past “ night; for, said she, when I was in my bed, to whicli “ I went without one prayer, I heard that child (point“ ing to her little daughter, a child about nine years old, “ and one of the most promising children in the School) “ praying for a very long time at my bed side, and “ sighing as if her heart would break. Upon which she “ expressed her astonishment, how so young a child “ could have so many sins to confess, which caused her “ to feel so deeply; and which she, now an old woman, “ could not feel. After stating to her the simple truth,
“ I left her, I trust, so impressed with the contrast .“ between her own careless conduct, and her little
“ child's piety, as I hope will prove a happy means of o awakening her mind. This little anecdote tells much « in favour of Scriptural Education; and I know “ numerous instances, where children, educated in this “ School, have been blessings indeed to their happy “ homes, where they have been the instruments of “ enlightening, and comforting inquiring parents; and “ there are few cottages in the neighbourhood, where or the Holy Scriptures are not read in the evening, “ around the fire-side. I have reason to know that “ hardly a night passes, but they hold little meetings for “ the purpose of prayer, singing, and reading the Scrip“ Lures; and such is the desire for possessing Bibles, " that I can, with difficulty, supply the constant or demand for them : and when it is considered that this “ religious excitement has chiefly prevailed since the “ establishment of the School, the Society will perceive " how extremely useful it has been. Indeed, nothing « could exceed the gross ignorance of the grown up, " and aged, and they now openly say that their children